Nationwide permits (NWPs) are general permits issued on a nationwide basis to streamline the authorization of activities that result in no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental effects. The NWP summaries and applicable regional conditions identify when an activity requires notification to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). If a pre-construction notification (PCN) is required, the authorized activity must not commence until the USACE, Regulatory Division, provides a written verification that the project qualifies for the NWP, to ensure that the activities cause no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental effects. If you are not sure if your project requires a PCN prior to starting work, please refer to the Notification Section of the NWP summaries and the Regional Conditions that apply to your project type and location.
ENG Form 6082 - PRE-CONSTRUCTION NOTIFICATION (PCN)
- Certain NWPs require project proponents to notify USACE of their proposed activities prior to conducting regulated activities. District engineers will then make case-specific determinations of NWP eligibility. The notification takes the form of a pre-construction notification (PCN). The purpose of a PCN is to give USACE an opportunity to review a proposed NWP activity (generally 45 days after receipt of a complete PCN) to ensure that the proposed activity qualifies for NWP authorization. more information can be found within the ENG Form 6082 Announcement of Release.
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The Corps Regulatory Program prefers to receive electronic submittals per our mission to reduce impacts to the environment. However, hard copy submittals will be accepted and processed.
PCN instructions (Revised October 2023) - For questions completing the PCN refer to the PCN instructions.
To determine the level of impact that will result from a proposed project, the project proponent must generally provide, at a minimum, an overview, plan view, and location map of the project with the limits of waters of the United States clearly identified as it relates to the project disturbance. Additional maps identifying wetland and other waters, endangered species, cultural resources, soils, community types, and hydrology may also be required. PCN's should be sufficiently detailed to allow the Corps to determine that the adverse environmental effects of the activity will be no more than minimal and to determine the need for compensatory mitigation or other mitigation measures. A copy of the examples below can be downloaded here (PCN figure examples).